Opposition has no chance in presidential election, Turkish Deputy PM says

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Baku, Azerbaijan, June 18

By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:

Opposition has no chances of winning the presidential election, according to Emrullah Isler, Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister.

Isler made the remarks in an interview with Turkish TV channel TRT Haber on June 18.

He said that the Turkish opposition is not capable of nominating their own candidate and this is why they had to nominate the former secretary-general of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu.

"The Turkish president should be a person with a political background," Isler stressed.

Earlier, on June 16, Turkish oppositional Republican People's Party (CHP) nominated the OIC's former secretary-general Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu as a candidate for presidential election.

Commenting on this, CHP leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu said Ihsanoglu is the kind of person whose candidacy can be supported by all segments of the society.

Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu was born in 1943. He served as the secretary-general of the OIC between January 2004 and 2013.

Turkey will hold the presidential election on August 10, 2014. If none of the presidential candidates gets 51 percent of the votes in the first round, then the second round will be held on August 24.

Turkish president will be elected by people in 2014, rather than the parliament as opposed to the previous presidential election, according to the referendum results of 2007.

The president is elected for a term of five years instead of seven years, set earlier in accordance with the referendum results.

Earlier, Deputy Prime Minister of Turkey, Bulent Arinc said the Turkish people's great support and municipal election's results give reason to say that the Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan may be elected president in case of nominating his candidacy.

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